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High Speed Rail

Rural Affairs and Transport Committee
Policy and Research (including BITRE)
21 October 2010

Senator LUDLAM-While I was out of the room I am not sure whether Senator Macdonald actually got an answer to his question. If parliament resolves to refer a matter to ABARE or to you folks, for that matter, is it entirely at your discretion as to whether you take it up or not, or are you actually compelled to do so.

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Bicycle safety and infrastructure

Rural Affairs and Transport Committee
Surface Transport Policy - Road Safety and Programs
21 October 2010

Senator LUDLAM-It is road safety, specifically, that I am after, in the context of cyclists.

Ms Riggs-We will take your questions, Senator.

Senator LUDLAM-In the stimulus package that the parliament passed in the early part of last year there was a contribution towards Commonwealth funding of the cycleways.

Ms Riggs-This division did not manage those.

Senator LUDLAM-Where do I go to talk about that?

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Infrastructure Australia's NSW Projects

Rural Affairs and Transport Committee
Infrastructure Australia
21 October 2010

Senator LUDLAM-I will now move to the topic of Sydney. There was an election commitment relating to the Epping to Parramatta rail link, which was made during the election campaign. Did IA attach any conditions, or what kind of role did you have in that $2.1 billion funding commitment for Epping to Parramatta?

Mr Deegan-Senator, that was an election commitment. We were not involved in that process.

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Infrastructure Australia’s Benefit Cost Ratio Calculations

Rural Affairs and Transport Committee
Infrastructure Australia
21 October 2010

Senator LUDLAM-Let us pick these up maybe outside the committee process at some stage. Do you have a view on whether the BCRs can be published prior to a funding decision being made rather than post decision?

Mr Deegan-They are now published, Senator. We propose to put a report to government each June. The June 2010 report has those projects we consider ready to proceed, with the benefit-cost ratio published as part of that. Those projects would be considered in future funding rounds.

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Greens launch Perth Light Rail

Australian Greens Senators for WA Rachel Siewert and Scott Ludlam will today launch a comprehensive plan for servicing the Perth metropolitan area with light rail.

“Light rail – in other words, modern, electrified trams – is quiet, clean and efficient and carries between 10,000 and 28,000 people per hour,” Greens Senator for WA Rachel Siewert said.

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Perth Light Rail Maps

The maps on this page allow you to zoom into neighbourhood and street level to see where we propose the light rail system could run.

Click within the window below to see the maps in the Google Earth environment.

The link below will take you much further: download the file into your copy of Google Earth to access the phase 1, 2 and 3 proposals, as well as a heritage map of the pre-war network.

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